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How to Improve the Efficiency of Hot Water Heaters

Water Heaters Efficiency

Did you know that in an average American household up to 40% of the energy bill is caused by by water heaters that supply your home of hot water? In this Plumbing How To we will show you that the type of hot water heating system you choose for your hot water supply will have a big impact on your energy costs, but there are also some simple things you can do improve the efficiency of hot water heaters and that will reduce the running costs of your existing hot water system.

How to Clean a Sewer Drain : Tips and Tricks

Plumbing How To

Having plumbing problems or a clogged sewer drain happens to us all at times, and often it just isn't as simple as throwing some "Chemical Drain Cleaner" down the blocked or slow drain and wait for the clog inside to go away. This article will show you how to unclog blocked or slow drains and sewer pipes.

Inside your home plumbing there are separate waste removal lines that feed directly into a larger main line that takes your waste water away from your house into the sewer system? Most homes have a soil line which carries kitchen sink and toilet waste to the main line. They are also have a waste line which handles showers and bathroom sinks. This means there are two opportunities for clogs to form inside the drains before the main line, which itself can be clogged.

How to Fix a leaky Toilet by replacing the Float Valve

Fix leaky Toilet

The toilet float valve allows water to enter the tank of your toilet, when the water level rises so will the hollow float / ball, at a certain point the toilet float will reach its highest level causing it to shut off the valve to stop the water supply to the toilet cistern. When a float valve or ballcock wears out it will not close properly anymore and water the water level in your tank will keep on rising and eventually seep down into the toilet bowl.

How to Flush a Gas or Electric Water Heater

Flushing Water Heater Sediment

Manufacturers of gas and electric water heaters recommend flushing the sediment from your water heater periodically. How frequent your heater needs flushing depends upon the quality of the water in your area. If the water in your area has a high mineral content you will have to flush more frequent.

WARNING: When you flush your water heater there is always the danger of being scalded. Be very careful and keep children and pets away during the flushing.

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